Lamb of God
As the Palaces Burn


3.5
great

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 31st, 2006 | 298 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


I know what youíre thinking. Youíre thinking of all the ways you could start calling me a hypocrite. Donít bother, it isnít needed. Peopleís tastes in music evolve over time and thereís no need to go overboard and start flaming people who change their mind. Just accept that fact and learn to accept the new way of life. For beyond the shrouded hills lies a life of extreme disbelief. Pondering such land of composure will only perplex the minds of the innocent, so riveted by the inconsequential affairs of the present time. A quite light awaits us all once the enduring darkness has come to pass. But never, even to the one himself, did ShadowsFallen ever think he would enjoy a Lamb of God album.

The question remains, what has improved so drastically between albums so as to cause oneís love of the band to make a complete 180-degree turn? In a word, everything.

As the Palaces Burn comes packed with plenty of reassuring brutality. From the thrash metal title track As the Palaces Burn to the aptly titled Boot Scraper, their second album shows a definite step up the extreme metal scale. Songs are heavier, more riff-laden, and Blythe seems to have gone through an intense case of adolescence. Suddenly, his scream is deep and entrancing, complete with death metal growls and high shrieks reminiscent of Lord Worm. This style of playing goes magnificently with a well-amplified sense of melody. Displayed quite plainly by the somber clean guitar passages of Vigil and the dark harmonization of 11th Hour, the band has broken free of the previous constraints and begun to experiment with their writing. The music is consequently darker, more memorable, and seems to possess a theme within each song.

The most noticeable change from their previous effort lies in the technical realm. It is quite clear that As the Palaces Burn has much clearer production then New American Gospel. Every instrument and voice comes through cleanly, and has a vicious punch to boot. Every riff is punishing and seems to infect listenersí skulls like a metal plague. The instruments have also improved technically. Riffs are much more experimental with melody, and have become more complex because of that. Solos are utilized within (see Boot Scraper or Ruin) that accent the dark-tuned riffs perfectly.

All of the elements their previous album suffered from have become top notch. Not only is As the Palaces Burn a brutal album, but itís also more unique, memorable, layered and complex, and better in virtually every way. The album contains some of the bandís best songs to date such as Ruin and 11th Hour, which flow with a vengeance. Bringing all of these talents together has made each song different and unforgettable across many paths, with plenty of variation. Lamb of God has proved that they hold a hidden flare for enhancement deep within their loins, and anything may be possible. What we already know is that they are well on their way to a promising upward slope, as the improvements here are so drastic that one may wonder how the same band couldíve written an album such as New American Gospel. Please, for your own sake. Should you ever invest in one Lamb of God album, let As the Palaces Burn be the one.

Recommended listening:
- Ruin
- Purified
- 11th Hour
- Vigil



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Thor
January 31st 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great to see that you've found a Lamb of God album that you really like, ShadowsFallen. I wouldn't exactly call you a hypocrite because I've hated bands that I like now (Cryptopsy).

Excellent review, as always.

And I can't get enough of this album. I think it's easily the best album of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and this album frequently is playing on my iPod.

EDIT: Even though it is simplistic, the guitar solo in Ruin is orgasmic.This Message Edited On 01.31.06

Apathy
January 31st 2006


645 Comments


Thank you so much, Shadows. I love this album so much, that...I don't know.

Man, I said "much" a lot there.

Shadows
Moderator
January 31st 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first paragraph is sort of a weird state I've been in lately. It doesn't really pertain to the music, but then again, sticking to the rules all the time is boring.

I don't like track by track reviews personally. I find these much more informative and much more fun to write.

Thanks everyone, this is an odd sense, considering how much I've hated them in the past.This Message Edited On 01.31.06

masada
January 31st 2006


2733 Comments


Lamb of God rulz u suk.

Toaster
January 31st 2006


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OMFG HYPOCRITE UR NO FAN U PHONY TOOL

Good to see you're getting into some Lamb Of God. Just clarify this for me: why did you rate it so low? You honestly said nothing bad about the album.

Shadows
Moderator
February 1st 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure it was really good, but nothing fantastically amazing. There were parts of the album like the keyboard section in A Devil in God's Country that seemed out of place or just boring. They didn't really perfect their riffs, but they made a sweet effort.

circleofdeadchildren
February 1st 2006


119 Comments


Nice review,Lamb of god is awesome but it gets repetitive.

Confessed2005
February 2nd 2006


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought that was a nice review there. I quite like Lamb Of God and I would have to agree that this is their most awesome release yet.

Drunken Viking
February 2nd 2006


1023 Comments


I thought you'd never like LoG, seems I've been proved wrong, for the better.

canadapantsman
February 2nd 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey i thought i would always hate meshuggah, but now i cant stop listening to em.

ne way, love this album. while AotW is more solid, this has more stand out tracks and more creativity IMO. i love 11th hour, one of LoG's best songs for sure, same with Ruin and Vigil. I listened to this CD nonstop last summer.

Shadows
Moderator
February 2nd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Drunken Viking]I thought you'd never like LoG, seems I've been proved wrong, for the better.[/QUOTE]
Yep, people's tastes in music change, and mine did on this band.

Drunken Viking
February 2nd 2006


1023 Comments


Yeah, what made it change, did you finaly sit down and listen to this album, or what?

Drunken Viking
March 18th 2006


1023 Comments


Did you listen to NAG and ATPB back to back and think this one was extreamely better?

Thor
March 19th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I listened to all of them again, and this one is infinitely better than the other two.

The last two minutes of "Vigil" are too awesome for words.

Shadows
Moderator
March 19th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mos def, this album slays the other two. Especially New American Gospel...gah, that is one of my most hated albums of all time.

Thor
March 19th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's not that bad, it just doesn't show the band's true potential.

Drunken Viking
March 19th 2006


1023 Comments


I think it's ok, definately not their best work.

alexmonty12
March 23rd 2006


17 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My personal favourite from lamb of god. Good review, as usual

diefamous
April 30th 2006


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahhh hell no... the album doesn't "slay" Ashes of the Wake.... Ashes of the Wake is their best work instrumentally. Smoke like 3 bowls, and then sit down and listen to it, especially Faded Line, Blood of the Scribe, and Ashes of the Wake.

f_u_c_t
August 20th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man your such a hipocrit shadows_fallen....no not really, shadows fall is killer, but imo, will never top Lamb Of God. And Im wondering if this album is going to top Ashes Of The Wake, im sure it will be just as good as New American Gospel because it didnt impress me that much. I hear good things about ATPB though, i just purchased this and am excited to listen to give it a first listen.
I know this is off topic, but has anyone listened to Walls Of Jericho?



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